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Unofficial Orientation Series: WesLingo

WesLingoWhen you first look at a campus map on a tour, everything makes sense. There is Andrus Field, Foss Hill, Freeman Athletic Center, Memorial Chapel. You gently slide your pointer finger along the Wesleyan Campus Map and neatly digest all of the fun-filled spots you’re about to call home.

However, it becomes overwhelming how quickly things get shortened at Wesleyan. What your hefty, fanny-pack wearing father once pointed out as Foss Hill is shortened to Foss, or just The Hill. The Alpha Delta Phi Literary Society has now become Alpha Delt. “Where I got regrettably drunk,” has now become Fountain.

Also, on your second day at campus you notice the abundant usage of “Wes.” Your friends walk out of Usdan, approach you, the new face around town and say, “Yo friend, WesChill somehwere.” You respond, “Weswings or Espwesso?”

The Wesleyan Slang is a bit much at times. Here’s our guide to it.

Rave-id Bowie in the WestCo Cafe

Rave Bowie

Dance veteran and permanent member of the rave patrol would like to  invite you to navigate the Labrynth in neon rave gear:

Let dance veteran and permanent member of the soul patrol, Rave-id
Bowie be your guide for a night of booty shakin’ goodness with the

Friday 4/19 @ 11PM in the cafe. All are welcome (bring your prefrosh too!)

11 – Trillion Dollar Boys Club (BEAMS // Walka Flocka Flame //Colehickey ’09)

Let the bowie be with you.

Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 11 p.m.
Place: WestCo Cafe
Cost: Free

Nobel Laureate Lecture on Dark Matter in CFA Hall


Craig Malamut ’12 tells us that homeboy and Nobel Laureate Adam Riess is lecturing on dark energy.

The Wesleyan Astronomy Department is having its annual Sturm Memorial
Lecture! This year’s distinguished speaker is Nobel laureate Dr. Adam

In 1929 Edwin Hubble discovered that our Universe is expanding. Eighty
years later, the Space Telescope which bears his name is being used to
study an even more surprising phenomenon, that the expansion is
speeding up. Dr. Riess will describe how his team discovered the
acceleration of the Universe and why understanding the nature of dark
energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in
astrophysics and cosmology.

Dr. Riess is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a leader
in the field of observational cosmology. In 2011, he was named a
co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Reception and telescope viewing at the Van Vleck Observatory to follow
the lecture.

For more information, click here.

Date: Today, April 18
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: CFA
Cost: Free

Colum McCann Descends Upon Russell House, Signs Books With a Bic

Colum iz flexxin

Colum McCann was introduced as “one of the greatest living writers in the English language” under a golden chandelier last night at Russell House by Professor Amy Bloom.

He had delivered a Q & A earlier that day and was now here to read from his new Irish-American novel Transatlantic. Behind the podium, perching one loafer atop the other, McCann spun tales of Frederick Douglass’s journey to Ireland during the potato famine, of two RAF pilots who traverse the Atlantic in a plane made of metal bones and harsh winds, and of an old Irish woman cherishing her memories as her cottage is being repossessed. People shut their eyes.

McCann grew up in the suburbs of Dublin, next to the shopping marts and all that. His father wrote for a paper and Colum followed in his footsteps, earning money writing about soccer games and events around Dublin. When he was 17, he moved to America and now calls himself a New Yorker by virtue of his place on the Upper East Side. He has three kids, one of whom is a “cyclist,” Colum added, jesting at the standard-issue pudge that has formed about his waistline. His smile is gruff. His laugh sincere, from the corners of his eyes.

A mob formed with their newly purchased copies of Let the Great World Spin at the ready—a mixture of students, prim adults, and professors. The Red Stripe logo on my shirt stood out uncomfortably.

The first woman in line wore a matching purple dress and Coach wristlet. I could feel the glowing of her eyes as she watched him produce his pen. I could feel the words gathering in her head to form her first sentence, her first impression. Then, disaster struck.

New Teen Force Improv Comedy Show in Nics Lounge

From Lauren Langer ’16:

Feel guilty about not going to the gym this week? Want to work out but don’t actually want to move? Well laughing burns 1.3 calories per minute!

So come on down (or up?) to the Nics Lounge this Saturday from 8-9pm to burn a whole 78 calories!

New Teen Force is Wesleyan’s only long-form free-form improv group, and we’re putting on a show to help you get in shape just in time for bikini season! Featuring stand-up by Mike Matthews! It’s going to get comical, so be sure to apply generous amounts of deodorant!

Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Nics Lounge
Cost: Free